Visitors to New York’s Jim Kempner Fine Art in West Chelsea this past weekend were quite literally confronted with truth.
The word was there in the courtyard, spelled in capital letters—a 3,000-pound sculpture of the word, bolded and made entirely of solid ice. At the time of installation, it was about four feet high, five feet long, and seven inches thick, with a light in its base that filtered through the letters, and reflected dully below their honeycombed surfaces.
Then, on Monday morning, TRUTH melted.
The sculpture was originally installed Saturday—the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration—by the artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese as part of an international “Art Action Day.”
Officially titled “Truth Be Told,” it is the most recent in a series of sculptures called Melted Away, which began in 2006, before Presidents Trump and Obama, and back in what feels like the Bronze Age of the Bush administration.
Since then, they’ve melted words such as “DEMOCRACY,” “THE FUTURE,” “MIDDLE CLASS,” and “THE AMERICAN DREAM,” in both private and public spaces, and even outside of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. They livestream the whole process, and occasionally also conduct interviews with passersby.
Based in Brooklyn, Ligorano and Reese have collaborated since the early 1980s, and are no strangers to political art.